Augusta's Social Security office cuts hours

The Augusta Social Security office will be cutting back its hours, starting Monday.

The office will be reducing its hours by 30 minutes each weekday. Its new public hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Starting Jan. 2, the office will be closed Wednesdays.

The hours will not change for employees. According to a news release, the shorter public window will allow employees more time to complete face-to-face interviews and process claims work without working overtime.

Reduced funding by Congress under the continuing resolution for the first six months of the fiscal year makes it impossible for the agency to provide overtime as it has in the past, the release said.

In addition, the office will be closed the day after Thanksgiving this year so employees can focus on backlogged workloads.

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